The Law of Liberty

On my way to finding something else, I discovered the following: In classical Greek thinking, Liberty is not possible without Law. The law gives us the limits in which liberty is both sought (by individuals) and given (by the city-state). In other words, in a Classical Greek perspective, liberty outside of law doesn’t even make …

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Towers, Ladders, and Muddled Metaphors

I received an email in response to my most recent essays (“The Self-Discipline of Faith,” and “Pelagius – Beyond the Jargon”) from Romanos, an Orthodox reader, who was shocked at my evident ignorance of John Climacus, one of the most important spiritual writers in Orthodoxy. In truth I have a draft of an abandoned essay …

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Pelagius – Beyond the Jargon

Pelagius was a fifth century monk who probably would have been forgotten were it not for the herculean efforts of Augustine of Hippo to publicize his writings for the sole purpose of condemning him. For a while Pelagius’ teachings were the “flavor of the month” in North Africa, and because of Augustine’s sustained critique, a …

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What Can Possibly Be Better than the Kentucky Derby?

(And this post is written by somebody who used to live in Louisville!!!) This summer a horse named Arrrrr! is running at Saratoga Race Track and listening to the announcer is hilarious. (The links are to YouTube videos, by the way.) I first heard this first one on the Dan LeBatard radio show (and laughed …

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Constitution? Schmonstitution! (But only in the best sense of the word!)

One of the speakers at the Missouri River Conference we attended last weekend was Mike Lawson, formerly a historian for the National Park Service and currently a partner in a Washington DC public policy consulting firm, but best known for his book, Dammed Indians: The Pick-Sloan Plan and the Missouri River Sioux (recently revised as …

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